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N’Awlins New Year – A Photo Essay

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January 8, 2013
N’Awlins New Year – A Photo Essay

After making Down by Law, film director Jim Jarmusch said New Orleans was a nation in itself , and after a Christmas week of exploring I tend to agree. N’Awlins aka Crescent City aka the Big Easy is like no other American city I’ve ever visited. A few observations about what makes it different:...
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San Francisco Days – A Travel Essay

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January 3, 2012
San Francisco Days – A Travel Essay

Sami Sunchild seemed discouraged as she looked out the front window of the Red Victorian, her “Living Peace Museum” on upper Haight St. in San Francisco. Bargain-priced T-shirts lined the window sill all of them emblazoned with Sami’s colourful versions of the peace symbol. Behind her posters shouting peace slogans adorned one wall. Outside,...
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Red Seattle – A travel essay

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August 7, 2011
Red Seattle – A travel essay

An old episode of Frasier, the television comedy set in Seattle, focuses on an impending strike at the fictional radio station where Frasier works as an on-air psychiatrist. Whether the script writers knew it or not, they were tapping into the radical history of a city that has the dubious or proud distinction of...
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Down the Columbia – A photo essay

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July 10, 2011
Down the Columbia – A photo essay

Anyone who has read historian Richard White’s slim volume The Organic Machine will know of the energy and power generated by the mighty Columbia River. I knew it instinctively from living beside it for the first third of my life. Finally, Leola Jewett and I got the opportunity to drive much of its 1,500-mile...
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Matilda at the Round Table

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May 17, 2011
Matilda at the Round Table

I curled my body around some blue-jean-covered legs as the human attached to them started to read a copy of The New York Times pulled from the antique rack in the cramped lobby of what is arguably the most famous literary landmark in Manhattan, The Algonquin Hotel. A momentary purr slipped out as I...
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San Francisco night

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January 28, 2011
San Francisco night

John’s Grill. It doesn’t sound “historic”. Doesn’t even sound interesting. Of all the gin joints and chop shops in San Francisco, why pick this one for a late-night martini? Because this is where writer Dashiell Hammett hung out back in the 1920s. That’s right. Dash himself had lunch here regularly. Yes, the same Dash...
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Books

Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh